A recent study found that combining exercise with conventional treatments for depression did not help in the healing process.
In a study funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NHS) and published in the British Medical Journal, a number of patients given help to improve their activity levels in addition to receiving therapy or antidepressants.
After one year, 361 patients experienced a decrease in symptoms of depression, but there were no differences between the groups were exercising or not. Basic guidelines currently recommend that patients with depression exercising three times a week.
National Institute for Health and Clinical (Nice) to advise it in 2004. When it’s nice to say that based on research, an increase in physical activity can help people with mild depression.
A recent study conducted by a team from the University of Bristol and Exeter is looking at the impact of a clinical exercise. All patients were followed trials of conventional treatment according to the level of their depression.
But for eight months, some participants are advised to increase their activity levels. But at the end of the year, the researchers did not notice a decrease in symptoms of depression in a group more active.
Prof John Campbell, of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, who also worked on the study said, “Many depressed patients choose not to take anti-depressant medication, and prefer non-drug type of therapies.
“Exercise and activity seems to be a promising therapy, but research has shown that exercise is not effective for treating depression.” This finding is likely to be input for Nice when developing their next health guidelines.
This research is the development of the study conducted by Dr. Alessandra Pilu of the University of Cagliari in Italy a few years ago concluded that regular exercise can improve the symptoms of depression when compared to using antidepressants.
The study involved 30 women aged 40-60 years and had been diagnosed with major depression. The researchers randomly assigned the women to continue to use their antidepressants alone or starting an exercise program. All patients continued their treatment.
The study found that women who are depressed and began serving a supervised exercise undergo striking changes in their symptoms after 8 months. Those who did not exercise showed only a small improvement.
Before the study, all the women that have tried using antidepressants for at least 2 months but no improvement.
A small number of studies have found that people who are physically active are less likely to develop depression. Several clinical trials have shown regular exercise can help treat a variety of disorders, and may be as effective as antidepressants in some cases.